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How to pick a Real Estate company for the sale of our home?

  • September 27 2010 - Westerville
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1. Interview 2 or 3 agents. 
2. Don't get too caught up in the "commission" talk without looking at the whole picture.  If your home takes twice as long to sell or sells for 2% less, you are not saving money.  Look at the bottom line.
3.  Pay attention to the agents responsiveness.  Do they answer the phone and respond to e-mails.
4.  Look at the websites of the agents you interview.  Can you find their listings on the internet or are they only in MLS?
5. Ask for references.

  • September 28 2010
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First decide if you want to go with a traditional agent who charges a higher commission, or a flat fee MLS Broker who will get your property listed in the Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and hundreds of the most popular real estate websites out there.  Flat Fee MLS has been a very successful option for Columbus area home sellers, who want to save their hard-earned equity.  The service typically costs around $500, and includes assistance by an Ohio real estate licensee, all the forms necessary to sell, agent-friendly yard sign, and other options you may want to consider.  Statistically, it the MLS listing that is most likely to connect the seller and the buyer.  In fact, MLS listings connect the buyer with the seller more often then open houses, newspaper ads, agent advertising combined.

When choosing a flat fee listing service, make sure you:
1. Call them--Calling the broker is an excellent way to see how responsive and helpful they are.  If you always go to voicemail, that speaks loudly to their responsiveness,  
2. Check their background-the Better Business Bureau website is an excellent place to check (put the company name in at http://centralohio.bbb.org/), and  
3. Make sure they guarantee in writing that you will be listed in the Columbus and Central Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Columbus Board of REALTORS® CBR).  This is the MLS used by all the agents in Westerville and Central Ohio.

Avoid the lowest price flat fee brokers, there are some very questionable flat fee websites out there, and if you research them you will find out why.  My website has links to reputable brokers in 48 states as well. Good luck with your home sale.
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In addition to the advice you have already received, I would suggest that you consider what real estate agency has the largest market share in your area.  You don't want to be with an agency that sells very few homes.  In my geographic market, for example, my agency has a significant majority of the market share.  We discuss upcoming listings in my office and tour our company's listings.  That means a seller's property gets greater and earlier exposure with my company than with other agencies in the area.  See if there is a similar company in your area.
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Picking the company isn't as important as the agent.  The agent is who will be selling your home.  You should search on the internet, talk to friends, and co workers like the others said to find several agents to interview.  During the interview you should ask for a resume and testimonies/reference sheet of past clients.  This way you can see what other people said about the agent and call the past clients if needed.  If the agent can't give you that information in a timely manner than you should move on to someone who can.  There are a series of questions you should ask during the interview.  If you would like a list of questions feel free to email me and I will send them over to you!  [contact info removed by moderator] .  Good Luck!

  • September 27 2010
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I would contact your friends, family members and co-workers and ask if they have any recommendations.  I would then contact at least 3 agents in your area and interview them on their experience and market knowledge.  Then decide on the agent that makes you the most comfortable.
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You might find the info here of some help in deciding on an agent. Good luck.
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Talk to your friends, family members and co-workers and ask them if they know a real estate agent they would recommend to help you sell your home. Then sit down and interview them to ensure they will be a right fit for you.

Not all agents want to represent sellers, so make sure you find an agent that wants to work with a seller. Make sure they also are familiar with the homes in your area.

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